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RIT is a place where brilliant minds assemble and collaborate, where they pool together their individual talents across disciplines in service of creative projects and innovative solutions. It is a vibrant community teeming with students collaborating with experts and specialists; a hub of innovation and creativity. As one of the nation's largest private universities, RIT has an unmatched array of specialized, career-oriented academic programs that attracts designers, artists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers on the one hand, and scientists, engineers, computing scientists, social scientists, and entrepreneurs on the other. It is a launching pad for a brilliant career, and a highly unique state of mind.

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Overview

Applicants
20,451
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.60

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,459
with Terminal Degree
725

910
Men
549
Women
228
Minority
48
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
28%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology, General.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Exercise Physiology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other.
  • Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management.
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management.
  • International Business.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Resort Management.
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management.
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
  • Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production.
  • Graphic Communications, General.
  • Graphic Communications, Other.
  • Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant.
  • Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design.
  • Printing Management.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Artificial Intelligence.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Graphics.
  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other.
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration.
  • Informatics.
  • Information Technology.
  • Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation.
  • Network and System Administration/Administrator.
  • System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager.
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.
  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Civil Engineering Technologies/Technicians.
  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other.
  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology.
  • Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician.
  • Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • Telecommunications Technology/Technician.
  • Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering.
  • Computer Hardware Engineering.
  • Computer Software Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Science.
  • Engineering, General.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Materials Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Systems Engineering.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator.
  • Medical Informatics.
  • Physician Assistant.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other.
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science.
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Applied Mathematics.
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics.
  • Computational Mathematics.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MILITARY SCIENCE, LEADERSHIP AND OPERATIONAL ART.

  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC.
  • Army JROTC/ROTC.
  • Navy/Marine Corps JROTC/ROTC.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis.
  • Human Computer Interaction.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PERSONAL AND CULINARY SERVICES.

  • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Polymer Chemistry.

  • PRECISION PRODUCTION.

  • Furniture Design and Manufacturing.
  • Woodworking, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Applied Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Commercial Photography.
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry.
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Game and Interactive Media Design.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Illustration.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Interior Design.
  • Intermedia/Multimedia.
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts.
  • Painting.
  • Photography.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.


Students Say

This western New York academic stalwart boasts one of the country's oldest (and largest) co-op programs and regularly turns out job-ready students from its arts, business, and engineering programs alike. Rochester Institute of Technology is laser-focused on "creating students that are more than prepared to enter the job force," and faculty "bring the material to life" by keeping lectures workrelated and placing emphasis on "how you would use what we are learning on the job site." "Professors work with the students and see them as equals," says one mechanical engineering major. "When I'm in the classroom I feel like I'm learning and that I have a voice."

The workload is legendarily daunting and "you will have to reach out and form study groups and pull all-nighters," but professors are "more than happy to help their students" and "truly take pride in helping their students become successful." While the material may be difficult, faculty "are willing to stay after hours, meet with the student, and hold group study/review sessions to help their students understand the material." The easy A is "not very common, especially in engineering classes," but "if you work hard, you will be recognized and grades will reflect that."

The opportunity for students to dip their toes into real world experience abounds throughout the college, and the paid co-op program (mandatory for most majors) is considered by many to be "the best thing anyone could ever choose to go through if you are a career-driven individual." Additionally, there are "plenty of materials and machines students can use for free where in other schools you still have to pay."


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Eric Avar '90
Vice President, Design Innovation, Nike

William Snyder '81
4-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist

Jim Hasman '01
Production Manager, Walt Disney Pictures

Antoine Shagoury '93
COO, London Stock Exchange

Kim VanGelder '86
CIO and SVP, Eastman Kodak Company

Linda Stutsman '94
Managing Director, International Information Integrity Institute

Jen Stratton '05
Visual effects artist; part of VFX team, Life of Pi

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
28%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


RIT is laser-focused on "creating students that are more than prepared to enter the job force." In fact, the RIT Class of 2015 boasts an enviable 95 percent undergraduate outcomes rate—the percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in further study, or are pursuing alternative plans (like military or volunteer service). RIT alumnus Tad Hunt (‘97) explains, "The RIT name is synonymous with folks that just ‘Get Stuff Done.'" That reputation is due, in part, to the fantastic cooperative education program that RIT offers. In 2015, more than 4,400 students completed nearly 6,000 co-op assignments with approximately 2,300 employing organizations. These assignments were located in fifty states and forty different countries. According to Tad Hunt, who majored in computer science, these experiences makes all the difference: "RIT offered the best opportunity to gain both the theoretical and practical ‘feet on the ground' training through classes, co-op, and the self directed projects we did at Computer Science House," one of seven special interest residential houses on campus. While cooperative education schedules vary by department at RIT, most students alternate between academic classwork periods and full-time work periods in their field some time during the last three years of school, for a cumulative year of work experience. One student explains, "[RIT's] cooperative education is highly advantageous and offers students great insight into the field of their choosing in order to get a better feel for the work environment and culture prior to diving in head first without reviewing all options first."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,968

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,200

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,500

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,927

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,450

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,506
Required Fees
$562
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,066

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,290
Transportation for Commuters
$304

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,666
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,515
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

8.90%
Asian
4.80%
African-American
7.41%
Hispanic
66.44%
Caucasian
2.01%
Unknown
6.53%
International

32% female
68% male
48% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

RIT is a place "where diversity is highlighted [and] academics are prominent," and the population is "as unique and diverse as they come." This environment "allows for a good [facsimile] of the real world." The school's internationally recognized National Technical Institute for the Deaf means there are "amazing accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing students that attend the university," including "notetaking, interpreters, [and C Print® technology]," and a vibrant LGBT+ community also exists on campus. "Video games are a way of life" and students tend to have a nerdy streak ("We are geeky and we love it"). Large groups and clubs for "anime, World of Warcraft, [and] chain mail" happily thrive among students that are all "very accepting of each other's interests." "This is where students are able to create what their minds generate. It's like teenager's dream," says one.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

While schoolwork takes up the majority of students' time, outside the classroom they "are constantly doing something to keep busy," whether that's joining one of the 300-plus clubs or chilling at the lab. "RIT has a culture for everybody," so if you are interested in a broad topic like computing, "there are a dozen different clubs/ societies that you can join to learn more about whatever niche topic interests you."

Students cop to their being "a large gamer population" at RIT, and both electronic and tabletop gaming clubs and tournaments are wildly popular, as is anime. Hockey is a huge part of RIT and "it is very common to see a large number of students at the games." People also "go to the free on-campus movies, see guest speakers, listen to comedians, and attend events hosted by the College Activities Board."

The atmosphere and layout of the campus are beautifully balanced in that "it is not very spread out but not very small at the same time." More than half of the growing population of students live in on-campus, meaning housing "is not always available for everyone who applies" and dorms can be crowded. As one student notes: "The existing infrastructure is okay at best."


Special Needs Admissions


Director
Susan Ackerman

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
300
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
10

4% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Tigers)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Rochester
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Rochester Institute of Technology is known for being on the cutting edge of innovation. The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is headquartered at RIT. The institute founded the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which is committed to advancing education and research in sustainability. RIT’s Committee for Sustainable Practices was established to advise the campus on environmental issues, policies, procedures, and curricular activities, and to partner with public officials and local environmental groups on sustainability initiatives. RIT’s president, William Destler, has signed the ACUPCC, ensuring that the institute will have a formal plan for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions on campus. To further these efforts, RIT has determined that all new construction projects will seek, at minimum, LEED Silver. There are currently two projects seeking LEED Gold, one seeking LEED Silver, and The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is seeking LEED Platinum. These are in addition to the College of Applied Science and Technology LEED Gold building and the University Services Center LEED Platinum building already on campus. RIT has also put together a $38 million heating and cooling plant replacement project that will go a long way toward reducing campus emissions and improving overall energy efficiency. Lastly, RIT has taken sustainability to a new height as solar panels developed in RIT’s labs were launched on the final mission of the space shuttle.

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Faculty and student offers on Dell, Gateway, IBM and Mac

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Renee Walker
Visit Coordinator

Address
60 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623

Phone
585-475-6736

Email
admissions@rit.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Java Wally's (Wallace Library coffee sho
Student Life Center/Field House/Ice Aren
ESPN Zone @ RIT Student Alumni Union
Ben and Jerry's (RIT Student Alumni Uni
The Cafe and Market at Crossroads

Most Popular Places Off Campus
International Museum of Photography
Frontier Field (AAA Baseball)
Lake Ontario
Eastman Theatre
Rochester Museum and Science Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm; 10am-noon
585-475-6736

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am, noon, and 2pm; Sat at 11am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
year round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@rit.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay only. Based on availability

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Greater Rochester International Airport is approximately 5 miles from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available for the ride from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-90, take Exit 46 and proceed north on I-390 to Exit 13 (Hylan Dr.). Turn left on Hylan and continue north to Jefferson Rd., then turn left. Proceed west on Jefferson a short distance to the main campus which is on your left.

Local Accommodations
Most campus visitors stay at the RIT Inn and Conference Center(5257 W. Henrietta Rd; 585-359-1800; www.ritinn.com)located 3 mi from campus with free shuttle and special rates for campus visitors. The Radisson Inn (175 Jefferson Rd.; 585-475-1910) is within walking distance of campus. Rates are at the top end of the moderate range. A full range of hotel/motel options and prices are available within a 5 mile radius of campus.


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